A Critical review on Pharmacodynamics of Basti Chikitsa and its action on Enteric Nervous System

  • Bende Yogita
  • Pawan Lekurwale
  • Smita Mekhale
  • Suraj Rathode
  • Danga S K
  • Chetan Gulhane
Keywords: Basti, Virya, Enema therapy, Enteric nervous system


Ayurveda being an ancient science it has developed through many experiences and experiment in medicines. Panchakarma therapy is a very imperative and essential part of Ayurvedic treatment. Panchakarma (Vaman,Virechan, Nasya, Anuvasan & niruha) practices to get complete cure of disease, Basti is the main treatment as it possesses a wide spectrum of effects and is thought to be the Ardhachikitsa (50% of all treatment modality) in Ayurveda. Though Basti is given in the Pakvashaya (Rectum and Colon) its active ingredients i.e. “Virya of the Basti†spreads in the entire body to get desire action. BastiVirya may act through enteric nervous system (ENS). The gastrointestinal system has a network of nerve fibres, which is known as ‘Enteric Nervous System (ENS). Similar to brain, ENS sends and receives impulses; record experiences and responds to various stimuli.


Author Biographies

Pawan Lekurwale
Pawan Lekurwale Asstt. Professor, Dept of Kayachikitsa Shri Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur.
Smita Mekhale
Dr.Smita Mekhale, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Rachana Sharir, D.Y.Patil University School of Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai.


Suraj Rathode
Dr.Suraj Rathod MD (Kayachikitsa) Govt. Ayurveda College and Hospital, Nagpur.


Danga S K
Dr. Danga SK MD (Kayachikitsa) Govt. Ayurveda College and Hospital, Nagpur.


Chetan Gulhane
Dr.Chetan Gulhane MD, PhD (Panchakarma) I.P.G.T. and R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.

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